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  • Published: 15 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781556437908
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 168
  • RRP: $32.99

Wild Design


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In Wild Design, environmental designer and scientist Alan Marshall presents a manifesto on nature-inspired designs, including visionary concepts as well as exhibits of actual products, landscapes, and artwork from around the world. With elegant photographs and drawings, the book incorporates the ethos of sustainability by documenting many of the results of the Ecomimicry Project, an international experiment in ecodesign that marries the skills of local artists and ecologists from Western Australia and the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe. All the designs treat nature as an inspiration for ecofriendly innovations. Among the fascinating possibilities: a bike helmet based on the crustacean exoskeleton, a heliotropic house, and a car fueled by algae. Marshall argues that design should be the responsibility of all, not just a technological elite, and it is in this spirit that he offers this timely, important book.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781556437908
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 168
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall was born in Noorat, Victoria in 1902 and educated in Terang. He lived in Melbourne for some time, and then travelled extensively around Australia. He has recounted the story of his life and travels in a three-part autobiography. I Can Jump Puddles, the first book of the trilogy, is the story of his childhood. It is one of Australia's best loved books, and is known around the world in thirty languages. It was made into an award-winning film by Czechoslovakian director Karel Kachyna in 1970. This is the Grass is the second book of Alan Marshall's autobiography; the third is In Mine Own Heart.

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